Injury ends Woodward’s Super Rugby season

Hurricanes back Jason Woodward will not play Super Rugby again this season after he broke his ankle playing in a club rugby match in Wellington on Saturday.

The twenty-four-year-old returned to New Zealand last year after playing Super Rugby for the Rebels in Melbourne but his 2015 season has now been cut short.

Woodward was playing for Upper Hutt against Oriental Rongotai at the Polo Ground in Miramar and got caught between two defenders.

The former Rebels fullback has made just three appearances for the Hurricanes this season and has dropped behind Nehe Milner-Skudder and James Marshall in the selection order.

Woodward started the season well with the Hurricanes and featured against the Lions and the Bulls in South Africa but then had to wait until the seventh round before he got another game which was ironically against his former side the Rebels.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd says that Woodward’s injury is a blow for the player as he had made a significant contribution since he returned from Australia.

“As I said to Jason you can’t wrap guys in cotton wool. It’s a contact sport and injuries happen,” Boyd told Stuff.

“I’ve seen the footage and it was nothing out of the ordinary. He just got caught, one guy over the top, one guy underneath. It was just bad luck.”

Woodward’s injury will definitely rule him out for the Super Rugby season but there is a chance he could feature later in the year for Wellington in National Provincial Championship.

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